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Deep upsets the top seed

Calcutta: Vidit Gujarathi earned his third GM norm on Monday after drawing against Ahmed Adly of Egypt in the eighth round of Open International Chess tournament. It will be ratified in January.

Meanwhile, Deep Sengupta caused the biggest upset, beating top seed Radoslav Wojtaszek, at the Gorky Sadan.

The victory landed Sengupta in a five-way lead along with Vidit, Iordachescu, Marat Dzhumaev and SP Sethuraman.

Chess elections

Calcutta: Sanjoy Sureka was elected president of the Bengal Chess Association.
The Office Bearers

President: Sanjoy Sureka; Vice-presidents: Atin Sengupta, Srenik Sett, Soumen Majumdar and Kushal Chowdhury; General Secretary: Atanu Lahiri; Joint-secretaries: Kamalesh Sengupta, Asit baran Chowdhury, Partha Das, Goutam De and Subrata Sarkar; Treasurer: Debashis Barua

Abhijit best

Calcutta: Abhijit Singh Chadha bagged the PGTI Emerging Player of the Year title after ending year with earnings of Rs 17,93, 478 in his rookie season as a professional. The 21-year-old had 20 starts in the season and made the cut on 17 occasions.

Nalini falters

Marrakech: Nalini Singh Siwach carded a three-over 75 in the final round of LET Q-School Pre-qualifying Stage and failed to make the Final Stage that will send 30 players to the main LET Tour.

Mixed day

Hyderabad: Indian paddlers endured a mixed day in the World Junior Table Tennis Championships at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Monday.
While the boys’ team won 3-0 against Australia, the girls’ team went down to South Korea by an identical margin.

EB fixtures

Calcutta: East Bengal will face Selangor FA in their first AFC Cup match at the Salt Lake Stadium, on March 6, 2013.

Fixtures
March 6, 2013: Selangor FA (Calcutta); March 13: Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC (Ho Chi Minh City); April 3: Tampines Rovers FC (Singapore); April 9: Tampines Rovers FC (Calcutta); April 23: Selangor FA (Malaysia); April 30: Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC (Calcutta)

Match-fixing

Rome: Napoli went on trial for match-fixing Monday and could be docked points after their former goalkeeper confessed to arranging the result of a game three seasons ago.
The ’keeper, Matteo Gianello, confessed to prosecutors that he attempted to fix the match between Sampdoria and Napoli on May 16, 2010.

T20 meet

Bangalore: India crushed South Africa by 288 runs and entered the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup for the Blind along with Pakistan, here, on Monday.
Pakistan hammered Nepal by 10 wickets at the Aditya Global Sports Ground.